SOUTH BELFAST QUAKERS

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UQM News

Friends Old Burial Ground in Hillsborough

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As part of the restoration of the Hillsborough Castle, attention has been paid to the old Quaker Burial Ground there. After discussion with Quakers, it was agreed that paving stones with some of the history of the Quakers in the area and other Quaker Quotes would be installed in that section of the Castle Gardens. Above is one of the stones. Visit the castle to see the burial ground and the rest of the stones. We are advised that future development may possibly include the addition of a seating area within the burial ground itself, and permission was sought from and approved by Monthly Meeting to remove a few of the trees to enable this.

Eco Congregation Newsletter & UQM Updates


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The New Eco Congregation Ireland Newslertter is available to download HERE

Also

Ulster Quarterly Meeting Updates are below

Dear Friends

Welcome to the August 2019 edition of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting Central Committee newsletter.  Below you will find some events and information that Ulster Friends have shared for circulation around Meetings. This newsletter will be circulated at the beginning of each month. If your Meeting is planning any events that would be of interest to Ulster Quakers and that Friends from other meetings could attend or you have any information to share, please send me it and I will include it. The deadline for the September 2019 edition is
Friday 30 August 2019.

Agenda for September Ulster Quarterly Meeting in Bessbrook
Please find the first draft of the agenda attached.

Quaker Cottage Belfast currently have vacancies for one year volunteer internships
Please see attachment for all details. Dave Morton encourages Friends to circulate at home and abroad!

Quaker Service AGM 2019
Invitation from Dave Morton: Friends! Book early and avoid disappointment as space is finite!  This year we are excited to be highlighting a new developmental area of our work which is sure to generate a lot of interest and, we will be closing with a social lunch allowing lots of time for F/friendly chat around the tables of the Moyallon Centre!

Love and Despair - Action & Responses to the challenge of climate breakdown
Advance notice of an exciting EcoQuaker series of three conferences across the island of Ireland starting this Autumn.

The first conference, entitled ‘Love and Despair - Action & Responses to the challenge of climate breakdown', will take place on Saturday 19th October from 10am until 4pm at South Belfast Meeting House, Marlborough Park North, Belfast and will be aimed primarily at all Meetings in Ulster. Others who are interested in promoting a sustainable approach in their meetings and lives are also all welcome to come along.

There will be a number of speakers to introduce us to the issues at stake - Lindsay Fielder-Cooke the representative for Climate Change from QUNO (Quaker United Nations Office); John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy at Queens University; and Lynn Finnegan from Coleraine Meeting who will talk about the relationship between hope and despair, and the emotional difficulties we are currently experiencing with this climate crisis. Lunch will be provided.
 
Richard Bloomfield, Clerk of EcoQuakers Ireland will be writing to each meeting/worship group with more details very shortly.  If you would like further information feel free to email Kerry Nicholson at
kerry@karenandkerry.com or any of the EcoQuaker’s Committee members. Please put Saturday19th October in your diary. EcoQuakers hope to run another two conferences in the Leinster and Munster areas in early 2020.

Kind regards

Karen
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Karen Nicholson
Administrator
Ulster Quarterly Meeting
admin@ulsterquakers.com

UQM Update



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Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Ulster Quarterly Meeting Central Committee newsletter.  Below you will find some events and information that Ulster Friends have shared for circulation around Meetings. This newsletter will be circulated at the beginning of each month. If your Meeting is planning any events that would be of interest to Ulster Quakers and that Friends from other meetings could attend or you have any information to share, please send me it and I will include it. The deadline for the July 2019 edition is Friday 28 June 2019.

Ulster Quarterly Meeting
Ulster Quarterly Meeting will take place on Sunday 9 June 2019 at 10am in Richhill.  The programme is attached.
UQM June 2019 Programme.docx

South Belfast Meeting
Thursday 6th June - Meeting for Worship 12:15pm followed by Friendship lunch together at 12:45pm. All welcome.

Moyallon Meeting
Friends are invited to a Missionary Meeting on Sunday 7th July at 3pm in Moyallon Centre with a cup of tea afterwards. 

Lurgan Meeting
A MEETING OUTING FOR ALL FRIENDS AND ATTENDERS AND FRIENDS OF FRIENDS
Lurgan Friends Meeting is organising an outing to the North Coast on Saturday 15th June 2019. They plan to join with Coleraine Friends for a meal in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 5pm. The bus will leave Lurgan Meeting House at 10am on Saturday 15th June and call at Coleman’s garden centre for coffee en route to the north coast.  It is hoped to tour around the Coleraine/Portrush/Portstewart area as well. If you are interested in going, please contact ALWYN SINTON of Lurgan Meeting for more details and to book a place on the bus, tel 028 3883 1619.

Senior Moyallon Camp
Senior Moyallon Camp will be held from 5th to 12th July 2019 at the Moyallon Centre. It is for young people aged 14+.  Application forms are available to download from
www.moyalloncamp.co.uk. The cost is £110. If possible, the camp leaders would encourage your Meeting to support Young Friends financially to allow them to attend camp.This year participants are looking forward to welcoming Noah Baker Merrill, from Putney Friends Meeting, Vermont, USA as the speaker for the week. There is a fun programme planned which includes games, workshops, a service project and a beach day (back by popular demand)! Attached is the camp flyer and an SMC application and parental consent form. SMC APPLICATION AND PARENTAL CONSENT FORM 2019.pdf

A BIG thank you from Quaker Service!
A big thank you from all the staff and volunteers at Quaker Service to our Belfast Friends!  A great spring plant sale hosted by South Belfast Meeting on May 11th has raised a brilliant £1085.50 to support the work of our local Quaker charity. This money can go directly to support the work our teams undertake in our communities and prisons, supporting those most vulnerable and most at risk. Why not consider running a fundraiser at your local Meeting?  Plant sales, concerts, cake sales and coffee mornings are all fun ways to get F/friends together and support the work of your Quaker charity. For more information on our work visit
www.quakerservice.com.  For support in running an event in support of Quaker Service, call us on 028 9020 1444 or email info@quakerservice.com. Dave Morton, Operations Manager


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Monthly Meeting in Coleraine
Bronwen Haire sent this report: We were warmly welcomed by Coleraine Friends and provided with a delicious tea. It was good to have so many Friends from Coleraine and even from Bishop Street in Derry. Monthly Meeting tea is a lovely social occasion before the business. It is such a pleasure to meet Friends old and new. I would like to suggest we make our next Monthly Meeting in Hillsborough on 23rd August, more of a social and family event. We have done it before. Could we all bring a dish to share? Weather depending we could eat inside in the beautifully refurbished Meeting House or outside in the lovely grounds.

The business: We made various appointments, discussed Membership, e.g. becoming a Member and two death notes were read. We discussed the role of the new Ireland Yearly Meeting Youth Coordinator and will submit our thoughts to the office in Dublin. This was Marie Abbott’s last Monthly Meeting as Clerk, and the new Clerk Bronwen Haire was appointed. The Clerk and Felicity McCartney travelled by train from Belfast and caught the 9.15pm train back to Belfast. Bronwen was able to charge her electric car very close to the railway station. On the way back to the station we saw this wonderful display of alliums and irises (photos attached).

Joseph Scriven Memorial Service
Celebrations have been planned to mark the life of Mr Joseph Scriven of (Seapatrick) Banbridge, born 10th September, 1819 (moved from Ireland to Canada 1844) and more commonly known for his authorship of the universally sung hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus.  You can read the plans in detail in
Joseph Scriven Memorial Service.docx.

Kind regards

Karen

Karen Nicholson
Administrator
admin@ulsterquakers.com